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Best leaf blower vacuums for autumn 2014

New Best Buys collect leaves without blocking

Leaf blower

Clear autumn leaves quickly with a powerful Best Buy leaf-blower vacuum

Thinking about buying a leaf blower vacuum? We tested 11 models – from premium and budget brands – and have discovered two Best Buy recommended models.

Autumn leaves look beautiful on the trees but not when they’re stuck down to decking, patio, paths or on your drive. 

A Best Buy leaf blower vacuum – which lets you blast leaves out of your way or suck them up and shred them – will make clearing leaves quick and easy. 

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Best leaf blower vacuums

Whether you choose a petrol, corded electric or battery leaf blower vac, for convenience you’ll probably want to choose one that can convert between blow and vacuum functions with a flick of a switch. But, when it comes to clearing leaves without blocking, only the very best single-switch models can match leaf blower vacs with separate blow and vac tubes (which you swap over to change functions).

Which? garden power tools expert Adelaide Gray says: ‘The real difference in power comes between battery models and corded electric and petrol machines. If you have a big garden or need to clear of a lot of leaves you should look for a petrol or corded leaf blower vacuum.

‘Cordless leaf blower vacuums can’t match the suction power of corded electric or petrol machines but can still be useful for quick, lighter touch cleaning jobs around the garden.’

Leaf blower vacuum reviews

We’ve tested 11 models for clearing leaves on lawns, in borders, on paths and on gravel, as well as assessing each of them for ease of use. 

Below is a full list of the leaf blower vacuums we’ve just tested with typical prices. Click on the links to read the full reviews.

  • Draper 39087 (BP30A) – £145
  • Einhell BG-EL 2500/ 2 E – £50
  • Flymo GardenVac 2700W Turbo – £90
  • Flymo Scirocco 3000W – £80
  • McCulloch GBV 325 – £110
  • Qualcast GardenVac 3000W – £60
  • Ryobi RBL30MVB – £210
  • Stihl SHE71 – £115
  • Stihl SH56-CE – £300
  • Trueshopping ET2703 (MOW-ET-18) – £60
  • Worx WG501E – £80

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